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Eye of the Needle Audiobook

Eye of the Needle

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Publisher's Summary

One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin - code name: "The Needle" - who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory.

Only one person stands in his way: a lonely Englishwoman on an isolated island, who is coming to love the killer who has mysteriously entered her life.

This is Ken Follett's unsurpassed and unforgettable masterwork of suspense, intrigue, and dangerous machinations of the human heart.

©1978 Ken Follett; (P)1985 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Sheer suspense." (Washington Post)
"Fans of old-time radio drama will particularly enjoy this full-cast version. Narrator Eric Lincoln proceeds smoothly, until the action starts cooking, and his urgency turns up the heat. The small ensemble creates a wide range of lead and supporting characters." (AudioFile)

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    Amazon Customer Lutz, FL, United States 10-07-16
    Amazon Customer Lutz, FL, United States 10-07-16 Member Since 2012
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    "The Best Spy Novel Ever"

    Follett was unsurpassed as the finest World War Two era novelist of the late twentieth century, and is still going strong as an international best-selling author. Eye of the Needle was published in 1978 and remains his most famous work, and even now holds its own as perhaps the greatest modern spy novel ever written. I read it for the first time on my eighteenth birthday in one sitting. It inspired many other writers to enter the genre, including Daniel Silva, author of The Unlikely Spy, which is similar to EOTN in many respects. By the time EOTN was adapted as a successful motion picture in 1981, it was still on the best-seller list and remained on it for several years afterward. I have read many other Follett novels but this has remained the favorite. The audio is further enhanced by the faultless narration of Eric Lincoln, which makes Follett's unique characters spring vividly to life.

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    Amazon Customer 10-03-16
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    Love every Ken Follett piece I have read. This was my least favorite book, and the performance was awkward and uncomfortable.

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    Laura 09-09-16
    Laura 09-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "3 stars relative to Follett"

    my mother thinks this was amazing. I've read more Follett than she has, so I know his works can be even better.

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    W. Snook 08-12-16
    W. Snook 08-12-16
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    "Great story /Cheesy production"

    A thrilling spy novel that has stood the test of time since it was written in the late 1970s. Fun to listen to in spite of the low production value. The British accents are off-putting and the voices of Lucy and her son Joe border on laughable. Still enjoyed it.

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    Steve Warrington, PA, United States 07-09-16
    Steve Warrington, PA, United States 07-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "It was ok"

    Not as good as Follets more recent books but it's worth your time. I was not a fan of the narration. It wasn't horrible I just didn't like the style. I will continue to read/listen to Follet, this just wasn't his best work in my opinion. He has a high bar to meet :-)

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    Robert 04-16-16
    Robert 04-16-16 Member Since 2010
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    Now this is a grat book. Rhe movie was ok, but the book is superv. The narrative is great.

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    F 03-24-16
    F 03-24-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Good yarn. Worth listening to."

    Strong narrative kept me listening even when I should have been working. Don't tell the boss.

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    Jesse Luke McBride 02-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrible dated reading"

    Replete with funny voices and bad sound effects. Do yourself a favor and read it.

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    Kevin & Randall Winter Garden, FL 02-17-16
    Kevin & Randall Winter Garden, FL 02-17-16

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    "Performance gave me a headache"

    Others have told me what a great book this is. I will have to read it versus listen. The switching of character voices, odd pacing and disjointed narrative gave me a headache. I stopped midway through chapter 2.

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    Richard Hallum Tn USA 01-11-16
    Richard Hallum Tn USA 01-11-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Where is John Lee?!!!"

    The narration of this book is horrible .I have never gave a narrator anything below four stars but this was terrible. I have become spoiled by the brilliance of John Lee reading Follet's masterpieces maybe. The German accents were not only understandable but sounded like actors in a jr high school play. If I wasn't so irritated by complete conversations it would have been goofy. It sounded like Polly Stone doing the main heroine and she was excellent. (Stone or not) The main narrator and the main men's characters were good as well. But sometimes the conversations were hard to understand or seem hurried. I'm glad this is not my first Follet' book. It is probably a better book for one to actually read. It's worth the listen but of the eight books of his I have read so far this would rank 8th. By a long shot.

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